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  • Published: Jul 8th, 2014
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Personal Memories of Baseball.

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CrosleyCrosley Field

I have to admit that I am a fan of losers. In the MLB I follow the Indians and the Cubs.

Today the Cubs come to Cincy to play the Reds in a day/night double header. For years the Cubs came to play the Reds in a traditional double header right around the All-Star break. It was also around my birthday (and no I no longer recognize those). My Dad would take a day off from managing the family business. We would go to see the games and go out to dinner. The games were at Crosley Field. It became a great tradition that we looked forward to every year.

Please share your favorite baseball memories with us as well.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think by commenting here or tweeting me @NNRonDSN.

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Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

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  • Published: Apr 26th, 2014
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Don’t expect the NFL Draft to move back to April anytime soon.

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NFL Draft (2)

The NFL owns August through early February by virtue of the season and playoffs. It owned March and April with free agency and the draft in previous years. This year the NFL used an excuse of the venue being scheduled requiring a move to May 8-10th. That did not happen. Why would any venue, even one as well known as Radio City Music Hall, schedule something to conflict with a hugely popular event like the NFL draft? They wouldn’t.

The show that was supposedly scheduled was canceled but the NFL had already set the date for May.

Here is the truth. The NFL wanted to take May back from Major League Baseball. The draft is the best way to do that. The anticipation prior to the draft will keep sports talk shows talking about the NFL. I am lucky because since NNR started on the air in January of 2011, after week 5 all the Browns fans want to talk about is the NFL Draft.

The NFL will also dominate talk for the rest of May due to discussions of what teams did and should have done. The league has stolen May from MLB and has no desire to ever give it back. So MLB has June and July with a little bit of October to call its own.

Roger Goodell said yesterday that the NFL is considering making the draft a 4 day event. Due to constraints set upon the league by negotiations with the Union, there will be no more than 7 rounds including compensatory picks awarded by the league for lost free agents. So you have to wonder if the teams will be allowed more time to make each pick. That would allow for more commercial breaks for the NFL network and ESPN between picks. At this point, nothing the league does to increase revenues would surprise me.

That is what I think. Tell us what you think.

NOTE: Check out the live News, Notes and Rumors show on Monday, Thursday and Friday at 6 PM Eastern on or http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. On Samantha Bunten of NBC Sports, former NFL scout Kelron Sykes and I talk NFL draft with just a little Indians and Cavs thrown in. The archive is available on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/. Please join us.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com. He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/. Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts. You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/ and the live show Mondays at 6 PM Eastern time on .

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

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  • Published: Jul 15th, 2013
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A memory of my Dad

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Dad being awarded his Military Hall of Fame metal

My Dad being awarded his Military Hall of Fame metal.

As many of my regular listeners know, my Dad passed away on this date a couple of years ago.  One of my thousands of fond memories of him revolved around my birthday and the baseball All Star game.

 

Every year from the time I was 10 until I graduated high school at 17 Dad and I would go to a Cubs-Reds double header that was always around my birthday and just before the All Star break.  I was the only one in a Cubs cap.  The Reds were always better and beat the Cubs with ease.  In part that is what prepared me to be a Cleveland Sports fan.  Somehow I always cheer for the losers.

 

After the games we would go to a restaurant and have a good meal.  While we were always very close, this time together during a work day seemed to be special to me.

 

While this post may seem a bit self-serving, I ask your indulgence.  My point here is that we never know as parents what will sick in the minds of our children.  It is also that when a parent or grandparent is involved in a special memory for you, you should take the time to tell them and thank them. 

 

I was very fortunate that I always had a great relationship with both my parents.  I never went through the phase of believing I was smarter than they were.  I talked to them several times a day. 

 

On the night before Dad died we spent almost the entire evening talking over old times.  We both knew he was near the end.  While I miss him so very much, I am so glad we had so much time together.  I just wish I had been half as good a Dad to my kids as he was to me.

 

That’s what I think.  Tell me what you think.

 

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com.  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.  Follow him on twitter @NNRonDSN to get the schedule of Special News, Notes and Rumors broadcasts.  You can hear the previous shows on http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

He also edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.  

To keep up with the News, Notes & Rumors podcasts, follow me on twitter @NNRonDSN.

 

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Tonight on the radio version of News, Notes and Rumors

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Cleveland sports legend Bob Karlovec joins us to talk about the Browns Mini-camps, NBA Playoffs and the Indians road trip.

 

Eric Frenz, B/R AFC East feature writer joins us to talk about the Pats and the Jets.

 

I want to issue a special thank you to former Buckeyes James Cotton, Gary Berry, and Joe Cooper for their help in our very successful fund raiser at Roosters Saturday.  All three will be on the show in the next few weeks.

 

 

Our NNR Sportsims.net football league will start in June.  The league is free to our listeners and readers.  Email me at [email protected] to register.  The draft order will be determined by the date of registration.

 

 

NNR at 6PM EDT follows the Moohead show at 5PM on http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.  Press the Green arrow at 6 for NNR.

 

 

The archive of the show is available the following day at http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

 

Be part of the show by calling our SportSims.com hotline at 216-539-0607.

 

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com and was a senior writer for .  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.  

 

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Evan Weiner, sports writer for NewJerseyNewsroom.com joins us to talk about his most recent article Is high school football an endangered species?  .

 

Tim Bielik beat writer on the Browns and Buckeyes from the Loraine Morning Journal joins us to talk about the upcoming seasons for both.

 

Chris Rolling feature writer on the Bengals for the Bleacher Report joins us to talk about the Cincy draft and plans for 2012.

 

Samantha Bunten, co-host of http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fantasysidelineshow joins us to talk about the Browns draft and the Indians fast start to 2012.

 

 

Our NNR Sportsims.net football league will start in June.  The league is free to our listeners and readers.  Email me at [email protected] to register.  The draft order will be determined by the date of registration.

 

 

NNR at 6PM EDT follows the Moohead show at 5PM on http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.  Press the Green arrow at 6 for NNR.

 

 

The archive of the show is available the following day at http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

 

Be part of the show by calling our SportSims.com hotline at 216-539-0607.

 

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com and was a senior writer for .  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.  

 

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 Tony Williams, Giants and Knicks beat writer for the Metro New York Paper joins us to talk about the NFC East draft and the Knicks playoff run.

Dave Kay, basketball editor for waterfootball.com joins us to talk about the NBA Draft and the playoffs.

Samantha Bunten feature writer for the Bleacher Report on the Browns and Indians joins us to talk about the Browns draft and Indians start to the season.

NOTE:  There will be no NNR show tomorrow.  Join us again on Monday, May 7th for our regular schedule.

NNR at 6PM EDT follows the Moohead show at 5PM on http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/.  Press the Green arrow at 6 for NNR.

Join Mr. Moohead  on http://mooheadradio.com/2.0/ after early Cavs games for his post-game chat.

The archive of the show is available the following day at http://fryingpansports.com/radio-show/.

Be part of the show by calling our SportSims.com hotline at 216-539-0607.

Bill Smith is a former coach of several semi-pro teams, has officiated both football and basketball, done color on radio for college football and basketball and has scouted talent. He edits http://fryingpansports.com and was a senior writer for http://NFLDraftDog.com.  He has also published several novels on and a non-fiction work at http://www.merriam-press.com/.

He edits http://fryingpanpolitics.org/.  

 

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